Nathan Christopher Charles Summers (Cable)

We’ve been waiting for it since the very first announcement in the Deadpool post-credit scene, and we finally have it: our first look at the fan-favourite time-traveler Cable, portrayed by professional badass Josh Brolin. Nothing is known about Cable’s role in Deadpool 2 so far, except that he’ll come to blows with the Merc with a Mouth (not that this comes as a surprise, actually). His look is simply amazing, and it comes straight from the comics. The teddy-bear attached to his suit may be a relic from his childhood in the future, but it may also hint at the presence of a famous baby he took along recently… Speculate all you want, but in the meanwhile we’ll take a look at the original Cable from the comics.

Nathan Summers‘ birth was long planned before he was even a possibility. The geneticist Mr. Sinister, as always blocked in an immortal clash with his rival Apocalypse, studied the genetic templates of many mutants, until he found out that the potential son of Scott “Cyclops” Summers and Jean “Marvel Girl” Grey would have been an extremely powerful mutant, one that he could control and use against Apocalypse. Since Jean Grey was at the time presumed dead, Sinister created a clone of her, Madelyne Pryor, and arranged things so that Summers met her; shocked by Madelyne’s resemblance to his one true love, Cyclops fell for it, and he fell in love with the clone. The two got married and had a child, Nathan of course, and when Cyclops lost the leadership of the X-Men the entire family moved to Alaska. Here, the marriage between Scott and Madelyne grew wary, and things definitely fell apart when Jean was found alive, and Scott left both Madelyne and Nathan to reach her. Before Madelyne could be exposed as a clone, Sinister sent his Marauders to kill her and kidnap baby Nathan: the woman survived, but Nathan was brought to a secret lab, where Sinister experimented on him for months. The precog Destiny led Scott and Jean to the lab, but in the meanwhile Madelyne had sold her soul to the demons N’astirh and S’ym to become the Goblin Queen, promising her new masters to sacrifice Nathan. Jean managed to defeat the Goblin Queen, and by doing so she even absorbed her memories of rising baby Nathan; she decided to raise the baby with Scott, but the Riders of the Storm, a group of Apocalypse’s followers, kidnapped the baby once again, knowing he was the one destined to kill their master. Before X-Factor could saved the baby, the Riders infected him with a Techno-Organic Virus, that would have killed him spreading organic steel in his body. A woman, Sister Askani, appeared before Cyclops, telling him she could bring the baby to the future to save him, as he was a messianic hero in her time, but that she would have been unable to make another time jump to bring him back. Wanting to save his son’s life, Cyclops entrusted him to the woman, and she left with him to her future, never to return.

The future Sister Askani took Nathan to was a despaired world ruled by Apocalypse: in here, Nathan was awaited as the Askani’son, the one who would have killed Apocalypse and freed the world. Mother Askani, a time-displaced version of Nathan’s sister Rachel Summers, realised the virus had progressed too far to be erased, and she cloned the baby to have a savior…but Nathan survived, thanks to the previous intervention of the sentient Ship. The clone was later abducted by Apocalypse, and Mother Askani brought to her future both Cyclops and Jean to protect their son, as she had been wounded by Apocalypse’s Canaanites. Under the alias of Redd and Slym Dayspring, the two time-travellers raised and protected Nathan, and also trained him in the use of his growing powers, with Redd teaching him how to use his telekinesis to contain the virus. Eventually, when he was only eight years old, Nathan faced Apocalypse with Redd and Slym, and apparently managed to kill him by severing his connection with Stryfe, his clone meant to be the tyrant’s new host. Redd and Slym disappeared, sent back to their time, and Nathan was left alone, wandering the world while Stryfe created a new military dictatorship. As Sryfe guided his New Canaanites, Nathan founded the Clan Chosen, an organised rebellion to oppose the tyranny. The war went on for years, forging Nathan into a superb warrior and tactician, a guide despite his young age. Accompanied by his best friend Tetherblood and his love interest and eventually wife Aliya, Nathan battled Stryfe and his regime over and over, facing many losses. Aliya was abducted and raped by Stryfe, and when she came back she was pregnant: she gave birth to Tyler, a son Nathan accepted as his own. The woman was later killed in an attack, while Tyler was abducted and transformed into an agent against Nathan: by this time, the man had become much harsher and colder than he had been before. Eventually, however, the war was lost, and Nathan found himself in a world he didn’t want as his own. Wanting to do what he could to fix things, he travelled back in time with Celestial technology, trying to kill En Sabah Nur in Ancient Egypt before he became Apocalypse. Ironically, he set in motion the very events that created Apocalypse, and he came back to his time defeated. After years of war, Stryfe came back to the XX Century to replace Apocalypse, and Nathan followed him. He arrived to Muir Island, where he started his new mission. Introducing himself as Cable, he started his search of Stryfe, back to what he didn’t know was his original timeline.

Nathan Summers is a man hardened by years of war, a tough-as-nails and no-nonsense warrior who went through atrocities and losses, and emerged as a warmachine used to keep his coscience quite justifying his debatable means with noble ends. As Cable, he’s an extremely powerful mutant, a telepath who might be even more powerful than Professor X gifted also with a devastating telekinesis, able to control consciences and to manipulate matter to any extent, being also able to teleport anywhere and anywhen in time and space; unfortunately, he can’t use his powers most of the time, since he needs them to contain the virus killing him; the virus itself, making him nearly a cyborg, grants him superhuman strentgh, durability, speed, stamina, agility and reflexes, and even without said abilities he’s an excellent fighter, an expert hand-to-hand combatant and an infallible marksman, with quite a taste for impossibly huge guns and for futuristic gadgets. A warrior who crosses time and space to fight his battles, Cable has been driven to extreme measures, and he’s now so used to them that he barely takes in consideration routes other than violence and murder: truly a hound of war, Cable constantly fights for keeping alive what remains of his humanity, from the virus as well as from the monster the battlefield made him become…

Neena Thurman (Domino)

Promotional images from Deadpool 2 are surfacing, and of course we get a look at one of the most anticipated new additions to the cast: Domino, the mutant assassin portrayed by Zazie Beetz. We don’t know much of her role in the movie, apart from the fact that she’ll be a mercenary, and that she’ll retain her unique ability from the comics, albeit it’s surely one of the most difficult powers to display on screen so far. Regarding her looks, she’s surely quite different from her comicbook counterpart, since instead of an albino woman with a black eye tattoo she’ll be an African-American woman with a white spot on her eye caused by vitiligo. Her appearance is intriguing nevertheless, and seeing her in the same pose of Deadpool in the promotional material for the first movie, using the anti-hero’s costume as a bear skin, is pretty fun. As always, let’s wait the whole movie before judging…and let’s take a look at the one and true Domino.

Neena wasn’t born in the most natural way: her mother, a woman named Beatrice, was part of government top-secret program called Project: Armageddon, aimed to create, through selected breeding, the perfect human weapon. Neena was the only one among her peers to survive, mostly because of her mutation: her X-Gene, besides giving her skin a chalk pigmentation, allowed her to manipulate probability in order to assure “good luck” to herself. Despite this, however, even Neena was deemed a failure by Armageddon, and fearing she would have been suppressed, her mother fled the base in the EvergladesFlorida, along with the baby. The two escapees reached Chicago, where Beatrice entrusted her daughter to Father Rudolpho Boschelli, of the Church of the Sacred Heart. Boschelli raised the child the best he could, but eventually Neena grew wary of the church, and when she was thirteen years old she ran away. With only her original purpose and her mutant abilities to count on, Neena became a mercenary, and changed her name into “Domino”. Her skills didn’t go unnoticed, and when she was still extremely young she started working as an agent for NSA. She earned the respect of her superiors with her first mission, during which she stopped Project: Jericho, a plan that saw a soldier remotely control a robot: Domino destroyed the warbot and killed the pilot, all without suffering the slightest damage. Apreciated by the high spheres, Domino was entrusted with a delicate mission: to protect Dr. Milo Thurman, a scientist far too brilliant for his own sake. Domino became Thurman’s bodyguard, and the two eventually fell in love. Thurman, a fan of Dante‘s Divine Comedy, started calling Domino “Beatrice“, stating that it came from the Latin word for “lucky”, jocking on her powers: Domino grew fond of the name, and she used it for a while. Domino and Thurman eventually got married, and were inseparable…at least until, during a raid from AIM agents, Milo escaped, believing Domino to have been killed. Without knowing where her husband was, with her mission failed, Domino left NSA and resumed her previous life.

As a mercenary, she joined the mutant group known as the Six Pack, and she first met the time travelling Cable, a man who would have changed her life. The two became close, then intimate, and Cable earned Domino’s trust and loyalty…even when the entire Six Pack was angry at their leader, since he had aborted a mission as soon as he learnt that the Six Pack’s contractor, Mr. Tolliver, was an ally of Stryfe, his personal nemesis. Between clashes with AIM and Hydra, the fight between Cable and Stryfe excalated quickly, until it destroyed the team: with Cable missing after his enemy, Domino left once again, moving on her own. It was around this time that Mr. Tolliver abducted Domino, and had the shape-shifting Copycat replace her. Copycat spied on Cable, who was now leader of the New Mutants, while the real Domino was guarded and abused by Pico Halfghanagan for over a year in a secret location in Italy. Domino was eventually found by Cable, who freed her and killed both Halfghanagan and Tolliver. The two escaped, fighting their way through Tolliver’s bodyguard Deadpool, then she joined X-Force in place of Copycat, in a sort of way taking her rightful place in the team. Domino even acted as the leader of the group during Cable’s many absences, and it was thanks to X-Force that she found Milo Thurman, who had been captured by Donald Pierce and Lady Deathstrike, who were trying to download his impossibly brilliant mind into a computer to weaponize it. Domino managed to stop the villains from doing so, but interrupting the process costed Milo’s life, so that she had to watch her husband die moments after finding him again. Domino also briefly joined X-Corporation, and when her friend Risque was murdered, she asked for the X-Men‘s help to investigate; the team-up exposed a plan from John Sublime who was harvesting mutants’ body parts to create a “third species”, the U-Men. During this investigation, Domino learnt that Project: Armageddon was still active and, wanting to know something about her mother, she travelled to Florida. In the facility she met Lazarus, a boy who looked just like her, and who was the true success of the secret project. Domino tried to save him, but she was faced by a religious cult known as the Armajesuits, who considered Lazarus an abominion and wanted to kill him. Once again, Domino faced a difficult choice, as she realised her long-lost mother was now the head of the Armajesuits…

A strong and tough woman, Neena Thurman is a warrior born, shaped by tragedies and hardened by choices not many people would have taken, and that she’s learnt to bear the weight of. Trustworthy and loyal to a fault, she can prove the best friend (or lover) for her teammates and allies. As Domino, she’s able to subconsciously use “micro-telekinesis” to affect probability in her field of vision, thus giving the illusion of causing “good luck” for herself and “bad luck” to her enemies: her abilities make her able to move in a storm of bullets avoiding each one of them, or to hit an impossible target or even cause unlikely accidents to her enemies (such as being struck by lightning), but they don’t work if she just stands still waiting to avoid incoming threats; she’s also an extremely skilled martial artist, athlete and markswoman, with incredible agility and reflexes and a nearly infallible aim; she possesses a war equipment varying from an extremely resistant body armor and Forge‘s night-vision lenses. Beautiful and lethal, Domino can be a blessing for any ally, but she’ll surely bring a lot of bad luck to whoever’s fool enough to oppose her…

Robert (Bob, Agent of Hydra)

BobFinally, Deadpool has been released in theatres…and it’s a blast. Apparently, there are some elements that Fox wasn’t supposed to use due to licence contracts with Marvel, but that ended up in the movie nevertheless, such as the Helicarrier that serves as the battleground for the final cliffhanger…and Bob, Agent of Hydra, the most unlucky sidekick ever, portrayed in the film by Rob Hayter. When Deadpool is fighting Ajax‘s henchmen, he recognizes one of them as Bob, and spares him, only to knock him out with a headbutt the moment they start talking friendly. This is quite a cool easter egg for the comics readers, as Bob is one of the most loved recurring characters in the comics series…even if obviously his original allegiance couldn’t be mentioned in the movie for rights issues. Let’s see together.

Robert, surname unknown, lived an absolutely normal life: he had a normal childhood, he grew up to be a normal teenager, and then a normal young man. He married his high-school girlfriend, Allison, and had two children from her, Terry and Howie. As many other normal men, however, Bob was unemployed, and Allison didn’t lose a single opportunity to remark it, making him feel guilty for not being able to keep a steady job, and thus not being able to take care of his family. Eventually, Allison managed to talk her husband into joining the criminal organization known as Hydra, convincing him with the perspective of earning $40,000 per year, and of having a full dental plan (the latter proved to be false: it was A.I.M. which provided dental care for its agents, not Hydra). While he was serving under Hydra, his fellow agents managed to capture a spy, Agent X, infiltrated in the organization on a pharmaceutical company’s account; unfortunately for the agents, the mercenary Deadpool was hired to save him. In order to infiltrate the Hydra base, Deadpool used the Pym Particles to shrink, but being three-inches-tall didn’t bobcomics1prevent him from disposing of most of the Hydra agents…apart from Bob. The poor, cowardly man was taken alive by Deadpool, who wanted to force him to help him save Agent X; at first, Bob refused (not out of loyalty, but because he knew that if he helped the mercenary Hydra would have fired him), but after being tortured with a security card he accepted to help Deadpool. On the way to Agent X’s cell, it turned out Deadpool regularly read Bob’s blog…not that this prevented him from hurting the poor man just for fun. Bob pointed the mercenary to where Agent X was held prisoner, and also helped the two of them escape from the facility; just before leaving, Deadpool shot him, so that Bob could claim to have being held at gunpoint, and allowed back to Hydra again. Before he could even be grateful for it, Deadpool changed his mind again and kidnapped Bob, forcing him to pilot the jet he and Agent X used to escape. Back to Agency X, the two mercenaries found out Outlaw and Sandi had been kidnapped…and they forced Bob to help them find them: from that moment, Bob entered Agency X as a honorary member.

More than a teammate, a friend or even a prisoner, Bob was regarded by Deadpool as little more than a pet, and considered by the other members of Agency X as “Deadpool’s minion”. Despite the mercenary referred to Bob’s kidnapping as to his “saving”, he forced him to follow him in every subsequent mission or adventure: when Weasel was captured by Hydra, and Wolverine attacked the very base Weasel was held into, Deadpool rushed there, fearing that the berserker mutant would have killed his friend; he also dragged along Bob, with the secret intention of trading him with Weasel if necessity required it (not that Bob was informed of this contingency plan). Things went quite smoothly…at least for Weasel, as Deadpool was the one who found himself on the path of a feral Wolverine, and got decapitated. When everything was over, Bob reached for his “friend”, grabbed his head, reattached it to his torso and waited for his healing factor to work. After killing most of his ex-coworkers, Bob helped Weasel send the few remaining ones to prison with teleportation technology, but when Weasel used the same to make Bob and Deadpool back home, it malfunctioned, sending the two men back in time, during World War II: there, they were involved by Captain America and Bucky in a mission to defeat Arnim Zola. The mission succeeded, but the two bobcomics2unwilling heroes were still stranded in time…until they were reached by Doctor Strange, who needed their help for mending the damage created to several realities by T-Ray, Deadpool’s former nemesis, whose meddling with magic was causing quite some troubles. Of course, Bob didn’t have much of a choice, and followed Deadpool through various dimensions, until T-Ray’s body was reunited with his soul, thus preventing him from performing any more magic. Back on Earth, Bob was immediately involved in another one of Deadpool’s brilliant ideas, as the latter wanted to teleport some dinosaurs from the Savage Land to Genosha as a “prank” to Magneto; something went wrong, and the dinos appeared in the middle of Manhattan, where they merged with the Symbiotes and became uncontrollable. Facing those monsters, Bob tried to escape, and his clumsiness ended up killing one of the dinosaurs…just when a tv crew was watching. Mistaking his actions, the crew interviewed him, and Bob claimed the “H” on his costume stood for “hero”. Now, to the eyes of the world (and of Allison, who was watching the news), Bob was a national hero…of course, until Deadpool ruined everything again.

Bob is, in everything, a normal guy, with average (or even below avarage) intellectual and physical attributes. Even as an agent of Hydra he didn’t gain any particular skill, but one: being first in his stealth class, he’s extremely good in running away from danger, able to perfectly hide his presence if he only hears the distinctive “snikt” of Wolverine’s claws, or someone names Captain America or Elektra. Even Hydra’s brainwash didn’t have much of an effect on him, and despite he still wears their uniform and shouts slogans such as “Heil Hydra!” or “Cut off one head and two more will take its place!” whenever he’s nervous, he doesn’t feel any loyalty towards the organization. Bob’s only “superpower” is his unbelievable luck, the only thing that made him survive his time and dimensional travels, his encounter with superheroes and supervillains, his battles with Symbiote-possessed dinosaurs…and obviously the uncountable abuses and brutality from Deadpool.

Sarah (Marrow)

MarrowMerry Christmas everybody! Santa brought us…a new trailer for Deadpool, the epic conclusion of the hilarious “12 days of Deadpool“. In the new trailer, we get what will possibly be the only glimpse at a very popular character, who will have a cameo in the movie: when Wade Wilson is brought in the Weapon Plus facility, we see another patient being examined by the doctors, a girl with huge bones protruding from her back…and that’s most definitely Marrow, the loveable, lethal and brutal mutant from the comics. The director confirmed there will be many known characters cameos (hopefully not as many as in The Last Stand or Origins, it’d be quite a waste…), so waiting to see who the others will be, let’s take a look at our very first one.

Nothing is known about the past of the woman named Marrow: before becoming a homeless child, she was a baby girl named Sarah (for some time it seemed she could be the daughter of a couple, the Rushmans, but that was proven to be false), unfortunately born a mutant. Her mutation consisted in an abnormal growth of bones, which protruded from her body and face. Considering her a monstruosity, her parents abandoned her, and Sarah found herself alone, trying to survive on the streets. She was soon found by Caliban, a mutant with radar-like capabilities, who brought her in the underground tunnels where the Morlocks lived: the Morlocks were a community of mutant outcasts, usually with a freaky appearance in common, always ready to welcome others like them among their ranks. Sarah was adopted by Annalee, an empath who took care of the Morlocks. During her time with the Morlocks Sarah grew close to Callisto, their leader, and she saw her as some sort of role-model, a mother figure she was inspired by. Her peaceful time in the underground ended when the mercenary group Marauders massacred the Morlocks; Sarah was saved by another mutant, Gambit, who took her to safety, allowed her to escape the Marauders, and reunited her with Callisto. The small group of survivors were soon marrowcomics1attacked by yet another mutant maniac, Mikhail Rasputin, the reality-bending brother of the X-Man Colossus; Rasputin teleported the Morlocks into an alternate dimension, a place in which only one rule existed: only the strong were allowed to survive, and the ones capable of reaching the top of the only hill in the landscape were considered worthy of being part of Mikhail’s group. Sarah was raised by Callisto, who taught her to be strong, to be pitiless, to be savage. When Sarah’s powers fully manifested, Callisto renamed her “Marrow”, and forced her to take the road up the hill. Marrow, now a fierce fighter thanks to Callisto’s training, was able to kill all her opponents and to reach the top. Mikhail Rasputin deemed her “fit” to be part of his group, Gene Nation, a terrorist organization bent on punishing humans for their hatred for mutants.

Rasputin, impressed by the mutant’s skills, by her brutality and her savagery, made her the leader of Gene Nation, and sent her and the rest of the team back to Earth. On our universe, time had passed more slowly than in the other dimension, and just a couple of years separated the now adult Marrow from the Mutant Massacre she had escaped. Leading Gene Nation, Marrow led a terroristic revenge campaign against all the humans, and she slaughtered the attendants of a disco, signing with their blood “Gene Nation”. Following that, the group was confronted by Generation X, but they barely escaped with their lives from the wrath of Emma Frost. Obviously, also the X-Men were interested in their activities, and the two teams clashed often. Marrow, sure of the X-Men’s weakness, launched a final attack on their human “enemies”, putting a bomb on a train full of people; Marrow wired the detonator directly to her heart, so that the X-Men would have been forced to kill her if they wanted to stop her…something she was sure they’d never done. Eventually, however, Storm proved her wrong, and ripped her heart off. Marrow’s mutation, which included a second heart to compensate for her abnormal bone growth, allowed her to survive. Callisto took care of her, and brought back her to her marrowcomics2feet; together, they restarted their anti-humans activity, but Callisto tried to hold Marrow back in her more extremist methods. During Operation: Zero Tolerance, the two mutants tried to kill Henry Peter Gyrich for his involvement in the anti-mutant program, but two unexpected events blocked them: first, Spider-Man stopped Marrow, even managing to put some doubts in her regarding her blind hatred towards humans; then, a Prime Sentinel severely injured Callisto. Following Callisto’s orders, Marrow seeked the help of the X-Men, and she managed to contact Iceman and the new recruit Cecilia Reyes, even saving her from several Prime Sentinels. In order to keep her word to Callisto, Marrow even joined Iceman, Cecilia and Sabra in their quest against Bastion, the leader of Zero Tolerance, and even obeyed to Iceman when he told her not to kill Bastion when he was at their mercy. This led Marrow to grow close to the X-Men, eventually joining their ranks, in a path to redemption that would have been a long and difficult one…and that she undertook only for respect and loyalty to Callisto.

Sarah is a scarred and traumatized woman, a girl who had to give up to everything that made her compassionate and kind to survive in a hostile environment and stay alive; now, she’s a brutal killing machine, barely able to restrain herself from murdering everyone she doesn’t like. As Marrow, her mutation increases her metabolism to the point that her bones are constantly growing, ripping her skin and emerging outside; to compensate the abnormal bone growth, she disposes of two hearts and of a healing factor allowing her to survive her otherwise lethal power. She’s also a lethal warrior, trained by Callisto and Wolverine among the others, who uses her own removed bones as swords, daggers and throwing knives (or even as a body armor); she also learnt to control her bone growth to a certain extent, thus making them an even more proficient weapon. Violent, nearly savage, yet frail and insecure, Marrow is what life has made her…but desperately tries to become something more, something better.

Althea (Blind Al)

Blind AlBeen pretty busy lately, and there’s one character left from the first trailer(s) for Deadpool: the old woman with shades telling not-so-nice things to the protagonist, the one who criticizes the way he speaks through his mask. She’s Blind Al, and she’ll be portrayed by Leslie Uggams. As for now, nothing is known of the role she’ll have in the movie, apart from the fact that she’ll be an ally of Deadpool (sort of, since she’ll likely to reprise the original relation of love-hate with him), but we can nevertheless see together who she is in the comics.

Blind Al’s past is shrouded in mystery, as different tales from her youth interwine without any possibility of telling reality from fantasy. Her first name was Althea, but her surname’s unknown; as a young woman during World War II, she was involved with secret services, although it’s unclear for which side she fought: some claim she was one of the first women members of the Black Widow Project, working for the Russians, but it’s more likely she worked with the British intelligence from the very beginning, most likely MI7. For a side or the other, Althea met Captain America during the 1940s, and the two even dated for a while before he got frozen and was believed dead by the entire world (the hero even gave her a love gift she would have treasured all her life). What happened to Al from this point remains largely unknown: she somehow lost her eyesight, but she kept working for the British secret services nevertheless. As blindalcomics1(apparently) a key member of the MI, she soon became a target for many governments, and she started moving from State to State with her team. Once, when she was in Zaire, she was tracked down and faced by a Canadian mercenary, Wade Wilson, who hunted her down to her hideout: Wilson was supposed to kill her, but something unclear happened, and eventually the mercenary killed everybody but Althea, allowing her to escape. Wilson found Al again after he had been experimented on by Weapon X and turned into the deranged mutated Deadpool. For apparently no reason, Deadpool captured Al and locked her in his house, even acting pretty cruel towards her: he forced her to clean and cook for him, and forbade any visit; whenever the woman got him angry, then, he locked her into the Box, a closet filled with sharp objects so that she couldn’t possibly move; he even played terrible pranks to her, taking advantage of the fact that she was blind. Not everything, however, was as it seemed, and between the two of them a weird relationship began.

Al understood quite well that, being locked up in Deadpool’s house, she was safe from the many, many people who wanted her dead, and she became weirdly grateful; she didn’t even mind too much cooking and cleaning for her captor. The Box was never locked, and she could come out of it whenever she wanted, and the worst part of being with Deadpool was being forced to endure his awful sense of humor…apart from the times Wilson’s psychosis drove him to pure cruelty. A couple of years after her kidnapping, Al took advantage of a particularly long mission that drove Deadpool away from his house, and she left. She wanted to visit an old friend in Maine, and she trekked half the country to join him…but when she arrived, blindalcomics2she found her friend tortured nearly to death, and Deadpool waiting for her. The mercenary brought her home again, and this time she knew she would have never been able to escape. However, years passed, and Al realised that she was having quite a positive influence over Deadpool: she started to believe that she could actually change Wilson into a better person, and despite finding more than a chance to escape (purposefully left by Deadpool himself), she chose to stay, trying to “save” her captor. She even became some sort of mother figure for him, acting as a confidante, a friend, a housekeeper, sometimes even as a Greek chorus for the mercenary’s adventures. She even became friends with Weasel, the only other person Deadpool allowed in his house, even if this meant to go against the “no visit” rule Wilson had imposed to her. Blind Al also accompanied Deadpool in some of his adventures. When Deadpool found out she was secretly receiving visits from Weasel, however, he started treating her badly again, to the point that this time the old woman returned his cruelty, provoking his sense of guilt. To make amend, Deadpool finally decided to free her, and brought her to Central Park, leaving her there…only, Al didn’t want to go at all, and she would have fought to earn her “imprisonment” back.

Althea is a mysterious woman, one who has seen and done much, and who has buried her secrets (and her enemies…) in the depths of her memory. Extremely smart, sarcastic and sometimes sweetly cruel, Blind Al is Deadpool’s closest friend, the only one who can stand his humor and also the only person in the world able to win against him in an offense duel. With more experience than years of age (and that says a lot…), Al is definitely more than it catches the eye, a blind woman who sees more than most people, the only person in the world able not only to live with, but also to influence and change one of the most deranged and dangerous men on the planet.

Francis Fanny (Ajax)

AjaxLast pic (at least for now) coming from Deadpool, and this time it features the alleged main villain of the movie: Ajax, portrayed by Ed Skrein. As long as we know, Ajax will be some sort of “dark Deadpool” in the movie, displaying the same abilities and the same look, but still working for Weapon X and hunting down our (anti) hero. The only power Skrein spoke about was the ability “not to feel anything”, from physical pain to human compassion, making him an unstoppable sociopathic killer. Waiting to see what will become of Ajax in the movie, let’s see who he is in the comics.

Not much is known of Ajax’s early life, not even his full name: simply known as Francis, he was hired as a security guard and enforcer in the Workshop, a secret laboratory run by Dr. Emrys Killebrew. The Workshop was attached to the Hospice, a structure in which the failed experiments from Weapon X Project were sent: if they misbehaved in the Hospice, the “inpatients” were sent to the Workshop, where they became the guinea pigs for Killebrew’s sadistic experiments; Francis was the doctor’s strongarm, ready to intervene whenever one of the unwilling guinea pigs attempted rebellion and/or escape. In order to make his employee even more efficient, ajaxcomics1Killebrew performed some experiments on him as well, and Francis had his nerves removed, so that he could be immune to pain, and had some cybernetic implants that augmented his strength, speed and stamina, and even his intuitive capability (he was meant to be sent on the field as a Weapon X agent himself, but he was deemed to be too sadistic and left in the Workshop as a security guard): being such an opponent, nobody dared to disobey him…nobody but Wade Wilson, one of the new patients in the facility, who constantly mocked him and unnerved him. Eventually, Francis received from Killebrew permission to kill Wade, but he had to do it following the Workshop’s rules: first, he tortured Wade’s only friend, Worm, to the point of making him a vegetable, then he waited for Wilson to kill Worm out of pity…something that was against the rules. When Wade, moved by compassion, killed his friend, Francis intervened, and severely “punished” him for breaking the rules: at the end of the fight, Francis removed Wade Wilson’s heart from his chest. This would have normally put the word “end” to the fight, but it was instead the very event that triggered Wilson’s healing factor: with a new heart, the mercenary was revived, and he attacked Francis again, this time overpowering and apparently killing him with a gun. Again, this was not the end, as Killebrew’s implants had made Francis’ body much stronger than expected…but Deadpool didn’t realise this, and left Francis believing him to be dead. Bad idea.

Francis’ body was recovered by other Weapon X’s operatives, and upon finding out he was still alive, the scientists healed his wounds and uploaded his cybernetic implants, making him even stronger than before. The process had some collateral effect, and Francis lost what little remained of his mental health: now he was a man driven by pure rage, uncapable of restraining himself, impossible to control. With a super soldier so unreliable for the field, Weapon X discharged him, but Francis somehow managed to retain all the cybernetic implants he was given. In the following years, he became a mercenary with the codename Ajax, and had a suite of armor built for himself; he even gathered some sort of personal army, extremely well-trained soldiers he employed for the one ajaxcomics2mission he wanted to accomplish: to find and kill every single Weapon X subject escaped along with Wade Wilson the day he was “killed”. First, Ajax tracked down Siamese twins Steve and Jacques Soto, who now worked as mechanics: he killed them, but he was unable to obtain from them any information on the target he cared the most about, Wade Wilson, now known as the deranged mercenary Deadpool. Then, Ajax tracked down Todd Harris, a cyborg who now worked as a lumberjack: knowing that the Soto brothers were dead, Harris cooperated, and revealed to Ajax the location of the Hellhouse, a safe house for mercenaries that Deadpool often used…but this didn’t prevent Ajax from killing him, of course. The vengeful hunter arrived to Hellhouse, where he found that the owner, Bob “Patch” Stirrat, held a grudge with Deadpool as well: Patch gave him Wilson’s personal file with no objection, thus leading Ajax to the information he required. Ajax learnt that Killebrew, who now lived as a recluse in Switzerland, on the Alps, had been aiding Deadpool providing him tech: he found his former boss, and tortured him to force him to use the frequency of Deadpool’s teleportation device to bring the mercenary there. Fear and pain did the rest, and Killebrew obeyed to Ajax: Deadpool was teleported in the scientist’s shelter, and Ajax immediately attacked him, throwing his hated enemy down a cliff. The final battle between them had finally begun.

Francis is a cruel and sadistic man, who takes pleasure from others’ suffering, especially if he’s the one who delivers it. Anti-social and violent, he’s, simply put, evil: a man made for war, unable to live any relationship apart from the ones with his enemies. As Ajax, he cannot feel any pain, and he’s extremely well-trained in armed and unarmed combat; his cybernetic implants grant him superhuman strength, speed, stamina and durability. After his “resurrection”, his powers increased dramatically, to the point that he’s able to cause fire simply by rubbing his hands together; his armor contains a number of sofisticated weapons, such as his trademark sonic micro bombs, and he also carries a massive shield nearly indestructible, and heavily armed as well. Deranged, vengeful, unstoppable, Ajax will never rest until he can obtain his revenge against the one man who defeated him: Deadpool.

Vanessa Geraldine Carlysle (Copycat)

CopycatIn another pic from Deadpool, we see the protagonist speaking with a girl in what seems to be a kitchen of sort. The girl is Vanessa, who will be portrayed by Morena Baccarin. She’ll be one of the allies of Deadpool in the movie, and that should come as no surprise for whoever reads the comicbooks, since there’s a pretty renowned “Vanessa” in the Merc with a Mouth‘s life…and she’s exactly the one Baccarin is playing. Apart from this, we don’t know much of the character yet, not even if she’ll retain her original counterpart’s powers (surely she doesn’t display her trademark white/blue skin and hair). Anyway, as always, let’s see who she is in the comics first.

Vanessa Geraldine Carlysle was born in New BrunswickNew Jersey, daughter of Burt and Dorothy Carlysle. Vanessa wasn’t like all the other girls: she was born a mutant, gifted and cursed with amazing abilities that made her different from everyone else…and she couldn’t even hide it, since her mutation included physical traits: she had white hair, light-blue skin, pointy hears and bright red eyes. Dorothy was very protective of her daughter, while Burt had more difficulties in accepting her for what she was, to the point that, when she grew up, he kicked Vanessa out of his house, leaving her to take care of herself (Burt died little after sending away his daughter, but she knew this only years after). As anybody could expect, the life waiting for a girl living alone on the streets wasn’t really one of fun and adventure, and in fact she ended up in BostonMassachusetts, working as a prostitute. In the meanwhile, she had copycatcomics1also discovered what her mutant powers were: she was a shapeshifter, quite a useful skill if your job was walking the streets (a prostitute who could become whoever the client wanted was quite requested). It was during her time in Boston that she met Wade Wilson, a mercenary, who she eventually fell in love with. The two stayed together for quite some time, and Vanessa believed she had finally found happiness…with some risk connected: once, some assassins were sent to kill her, since they believed her to be a distraction for the man destined to become Deadpool, but luckily enough Vanessa was saved by an unexpected guest, a woman named Zoe Culloden (a now rogue agent of Landau, Luckman & Lake, a time traveling espionage agency, the same that had sent the killers). The very night after the attack, however, Wade broke up with Vanessa, apparently for no reason, breaking her heart: actually, he had found out he had a terminal cancer, and he didn’t want his lover to witness him slowly fading away. With everything in her old life reminding her of her lost love, Vanessa left Boston, searching a new start.

Vanessa harshly trained, and chose for herself the same life of Wade’s, becoming a mercenary. Under the codename Copycat she started accomplishing a contract after the other, until she got interested in Tolliver, the new employer of Wade (who had survived cancer thanks to Weapon X‘s experiments). First, Copycat used her powers to transform into Cheryl Marks, a random woman she used to seduce Mr. Foley, Tolliver’s butler. Through Foley, she learnt much of Tolliver’s organization, and when she believed she knew everything she needed, she broke up with the butler and presented the “true self” to Tolliver, being employed as his new mercenary. Tolliver copycatcomics2made good use of Copycat’s unique abilities, and she sent her as an undercover agent in X-Force, transformed into one of their own, the mutant Domino, now Tolliver’s prisoner. By touching Domino, Copycat was able to imitate not only her appearance, but even her powers and even her brain patterns, so that she could fool also a telepath like the one who was her target: X-Force’s leader Cable. Vanessa succesfully infiltrated X-Force, and everything went according to the plan, with Cable mistaking her for his old friend Domino and allowing her back into the team. Staying with the heroic mutants, however, changed Copycat’s perspective, and she started to get attached to them: she truly became friends with Cable, and she even was some sort of mother figure for the Young Mutants, a group of teenager heroes Cable had in training. Copycat/Domino arrived to the point of saving Cable’s life during a fight with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, something that made Tolliver realise she had lost her focus on the mission: the employer sent Deadpool to force Vanessa’s hands, and in the now mutated mercenary there was no sign of the love they shared years before. Still wanting to protect her friends, Copycat/Domino convinced Cable to let their base to be blown, so that they could fake their deaths; later, she guided X-Force to Tolliver’s place, where Cable found the true Domino imprisoned and freed her. Before he could realise he had been with a fake Domino all along, Vanessa had disappeared. Now, she wanted a different life for herself, one away from Deadpool or Tolliver, one in which she could be truly herself…

Vanessa Carlysle is an independent and passionate woman, pretty resourceful and smart; despite all the hate she suffered since her childhood, she’s still capable of selfless love and care, as she demonstrated with a young Wade Wilson and even with the ones who were supposed to be her targets, the mutants from X-Factor. As Copycat, she’s able to transform in any other human being (or even animal) she knows the appearance of; if she touches someone, she’s able to replicate him or her at a genetic level, so that she becomes an exact copy of the original, brain patterns and even superpowers included. She’s also a skilled mercenary, a proficient athlete well-trained in both armed and unarmed combat. Still trying to find her place in the world, Copycat now struggles with a fading memory which is the result of Weapon X’s power-enhancing experiments: fighting for a future might be just as difficult as fighting to retain her own past…